Akinfeet – South Africa’s Broodmare of the Year
Daughters of Fort Wood have become highly prized commodities. From producing Breeders Cup winners (Pluck), to throwing the likes of local Gr1 winners Contador, Thunder Dance and Cherry On The Top. Remarkably, Fort Wood mares have thrown Grade One winners from 1200m (Contador) to 3200m (Mokaro).
Lammerskraal Stud’s Akinfeet became the first daughter of Fort Wood to be named South Africa’s Broodmare Of The Year. The mare was awarded this prestigious title in 2013, following a year where her sons Across The Ice and Capetown Noir both won graded features.
Interestingly, Across The Ice and Capetown Noir (both sons of the late, great Western Winter) won their biggest races on different surfaces. While Across The Ice won the Gr3 August Stakes on sand, Capetown Noir shone on turf. The handsome colt won all of the Gr1 Cape Premier Yearling Sales Guineas, Gr1 Investec Cape Derby and Gr3 Byerley Turk Plate as a 3yo, and recently added the Gr3 Matchem Stakes to his tally of wins. To date, Capetown Noir has won over R1.7 million in prize money.
A truly magnificent individual (who is an extremely attractive stud prospect), Capetown Noir is seen here as a foal at foot with his dam. He is an exceptionally well bred horse, being by a truly great sire out of a mare who was third in the UAE 1000 Guineas.
Akinfeet’s dam is the former Cape Fillies Guineas heroine Dance Every Dance (herself by dominant champion broodmare sire, Northern Guest). However, the “Akin” legacy does not stop here, as she is also responsible for the very impressive recent debut winner Dubai Dancing (a full sister to Across The Ice and Capetown Noir). The latter went into many notebooks when winning easily first time out for champion trainer Mike de Kock, in the style of a filly with a very bright future.
Akinfeet, who was a lovely Silvano filly at foot, herself is currently well in foal to Champion Sprinter What A Winter.